This street located 15 minutes on foot from Kaminari-mon Gate in Asakusa is packed with all manner of kitchen gadgets both for professional and amateur chefs. The 800m-long arcade has about 170 stores that sell tableware, pots, confectionary making machines, food materials and all. You will definitely come across a favorite for your long-term use. Check out plastic food samples that look amazingly real to stimulate your appetite.
The origin of the street name goes back to an old practice that raincoats (kappa) were once hung over the bridge (bashi) to dry out. There is also a legend that a merchant had a prosperous business after catching glimpses of a legendary creature 'kappa' in the river. You will find a number of kappa statues along this street.
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3.02 months ago
It's very crowded and most of the stores stock the exact same stuff. Just find the biggest two or three and go there. All the ceramics shops have really similar if not the same items. If you're looking for ceramics I think you'd have better options going to boutique stores instead of here. For cookware it's really good - pots pans etc.
5.03 months ago
Loved shopping here. Spent 5 hours walking the entire street and buying unique crockery, sake cups and vessels, lacquer spoons, table mats, and wooden rice boxes.. do check for tax refund at the shop if possible, if not get it done at the tax refund office along the same row. Costs about 1000 yen to have it boxed up and delivered to your hotel, ready for check in.
4.02 months ago
I wish to come here when I have my own place to stock my cabinet. Bought a beautiful teacup and saucer. But if you can't make it to Osaka for their kitchen district, this street is a close second in anything you could want for a kitchen, personal and restaurant.
Plus, I am a fan of the kappa. Only thing I couldn't find to purchase. With children, it would be a fun I-Spy game to find the yokai in each shop.
4.03 months ago
This is such a fun street with amazing plastic replica food shops (strangely expensive), superb steel chefs knives of a range of quality and price, every possible standard hospitality requirement, and specialist Japanese hospitality stuff. Like the half-curtains in front of open izakayas? They're here. Like the paper lanterns in front of restaurants and some temples? They're here. Be prepared to be amazed! And there's a brilliant cafe where you can time out from your exploration, right on that same street. Enjoy!
5.04 months ago
Interesting street for me who cooks regularly. There are many shops selling utensils and knives...... Plates and bowls and ceramic to wood carved. There's also a couple of shops selling fake food items (imitation food made from wax that restaurant display outside their shop).. Tried to sign up my kids for a course to learn how to make some but apparently the instructions are only in Japanese....